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Careers in Diplomacy, State Department Info Session, July 24

State Dept Info Session
July 24th5:30-7 PM  | ESIA
GW students & alums are invited to a meet ESIA alumna Usha Pitts, who will discuss Careers in Diplomacy, the FSOT, and the Consular Fellows Program!

America’s diplomats are selected every year from the approximately 15,000 people who take The Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT).  The FSOT is offered three times a year, and is open to American citizens between the ages of 20 and 59 from any educational or professional background.  It is free.  The FSOT is held in October, February, and June.  You can register at careers.state.gov.

But becoming a diplomat is not the only way to work for the State Department!  You might consider using your language skills with the Consular Fellows Program (now hiring speakers of Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Russian, and Arabic).  If you have at least a year of law enforcement experience, you may also be interested in the Diplomatic Security Agency.  Mid-career professionals can work as civil servants or Foreign Service Specialists in the fields of medicine, accounting, office management, human resources, and others.

Join career diplomat Usha Pitts for an informal presentation about the different ways to work and live abroad with the U.S. Department of State.  Usha graduated from the Elliott School in 1996 and became a Foreign Service Officer in 1998, serving tours in Cuba, Russia, Panama, Austria, Italy, and Brazil.  She raised her two teen-aged children abroad, and is newly married to a British national.

Before attending Usha’s presentation, you may find it helpful to review information available at careers.state.gov.  You can also get updates on Usha’s activities at facebook.com/DIRNYMetro.

This event is open to the public. Business Casual dress is recommended.

MSPM in the KNOW: May 22, 2018

Top 3 for 22 May 2018:  

1- Congratulations 2018 graduates! This past Friday, 18 May was quite a momentous day as the Fall 2017, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018 graduates of the MS in Project Management marched into the culmination of one sweet chapter in their lives and the beginning of another chapter where they can take on a new track of endless possibilities. The GWSB Masteral and Doctoral Celebration was held at the Charles E. Smith Center and fifty-three MSPM students were honored for successfully completing the requirements of the program (check out photos on our facebook page). To the graduates, the journey of life presents challenges and chances. May you beat all the challenges and have the courage to take on the chances that may come ahead! 

2- Reminder, this month’s PMIWDC Washington Circle luncheon will feature “How to Ease Fear of Organizational Change” by Dr. Saya Sone (Professor and Agile Coach, Computer Information Science Virginia International University). Event is free and open to the public, attendees will earn 1.0 PDU in Strategic and Business Management talent triangle. Wednesday, 30 May 2018 | 11:30AM – 1:00PM | Register here.

About the event. When organizations are ready to adopt Agile at the enterprise level, people are resistant to organizational changes and have a fear of change due to loss. The organizational change could not take effect if management ignores people’s fear of change. The workshop uses Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help audience recognize signs of fear and understand what caused the fear. In addition, the workshop will practice how to use both self-actualization and NLP Logical Levels of Change methods to deal with the fear due to changes.

3- Job postings this week:

US Government Accountability Office (GAO) is hiring two Senior Operations Research Analysts for Cost Estimating, Scheduling and EVM Analysis.

GAO’s work is designed to:  help the Congress address current and emerging challenges to the well-being and financial security of the American people; help the Congress to respond to changing security threats and the challenges of global interdependence; help transform the Federal government to address national challenges; and maximize the value of GAO by enabling quality, timely service to Congress and by being a leading practices Federal agency.  If interested, apply via this link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499889900

 Weber Shandwick is Seeking an Account Director

This position was shared by an alum. Her firm is seeking an Account Director to power a portfolio of work at the intersection of Corporate Communications and Social Impact. We’re looking for people who know how to build engagement strategies for purpose-driven brands and leverage the power of creative and integrated communications to drive business and social impact. Apply here.

The Chertoff Group is Hiring a Senior Associate in Strategic Advisory Services – Shared by an Alumnus

  • This premier global advisory firm focused on security and risk management is looking for someone with 3-5 years relevant experience in security risk management, with strong business consulting and communications skills. Application details can be found here.

 Israel & Co is Recuriting a COO, Director of Programs, Program Manager, Executive Assistant, and Development Officer

 

MSPM in the KNOW: May 8, 2018

Top 3 for 8 May 2018: 

1- Registration now open for the GWPMA-sponsored webinar: Developing Emotional Intelligence by Alan Zucker, CEO of Project Management Essentials. Event is free and open to the public. Tuesday, 15 May 2018 | 12:00-1:30PM | Register now.

About the event. “Developing Emotional Intelligence” is the second installment in the webinar series sponsored by the GW Project Management Association for GWU’s Masters of Project Management program. In his first presentation “The Power of Communication,” Alan Zucker presented several important models and best practices for effective project communication. In this webinar, Mr. Zucker dives into the topic of emotional intelligence.  The ability to effectively handle and understand people was cited as an important characteristic for successful project managers. Individuals and teams with high EI are both more productive and more likely to be successful. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to measure their own emotional intelligence using an assessment developed for the Harvard Business Review.

2- Earn Professional Development Unit (PDU) by attending the PMIWDC Washingon Circle Luncheon. This month’s luncheon will feature “How to Ease Fear of Organizational Change” by Dr. Saya Sone (Professor and Agile Coach, Computer Information Science Virginia International University). Event is free, attendees will earn 1.0 PDU in Strategic and Business Management talent triangle. Wednesday, 30 May 2018 | 11:30AM – 1:00PM | Register here.

About the event. When organizations are ready to adopt Agile at the enterprise level, people are resistant to organizational changes and have a fear of change due to loss. The organizational change could not take effect if management ignores people’s fear of change. The workshop uses Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help audience recognize signs of fear and understand what caused the fear. In addition, the workshop will practice how to use both self-actualization and NLP Logical Levels of Change methods to deal with the fear due to changes. 

3- Job Opportunities.  

Immediate Need for an Accounting Associate at the Center for Civilians in Conflict – Application Deadline – 5/11

  • The Center for Civilians in Conflict is looking to hire a full-time Accounting Associate. The Associate will support all areas relating to financial reporting and accounting. Apply here.

EXIM Bank Summer Internship Opportunity – Application Deadline: 5/18

  • EXIM’s Office of Policy Analysis and International Relations (OPAIR) is seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic student intern for Summer 2018. This unpaid internship offers an opportunity for students to learn about export finance and development finance, both in the United States and abroad. Check out application details here

Weber Shandwick is Seeking an Account Director

  • This position was shared by an alumn. Her firm is seeking an Account Director to power a portfolio of work at the intersection of Corporate Communications and Social Impact. The ideal person knows how to build engagement strategies for purpose-driven brands and leverage the power of creative and integrated communications to drive business and social impact. Apply here.

U.S Department of Defense OIG is Hiring Auditors!

  • The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD OIG) seeks high-caliber Auditors from GW to join their team. Applicants with at least 2 years of audit experience can apply here.

Cyber-security Analyst Available Role at CBO

  • CBO’s Budget Analysis Division seeks a cyber-security analyst in its Defense, International Affairs, and Veterans’ Affairs Cost Estimates Unit. This position requires US citizenship and the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Clearance. Learn more and apply here.

Developing Emotional Intelligence by Alan Zucker, Webinar hosted by GWPMA, May 15

Developing Emotional Intelligence featuring Alan Zucker, CEO and Founder, PM Essentials | May 15, 2018 | 12-1:30 PM | Register here

About the Event.  Successful project managers have exceptional communications skills. According to the Project Management Institute, project managers spend 90% of their time communicating. Poor communications are blamed as the primary source of failure for 30% of projects. “Developing Emotional Intelligence” is the second installment in the webinar series for GWU’s Masters of Project Management Program. In his first presentation “The Power of Communication,” Alan Zucker presented several important models and best practices for effective project communication. In this webinar, Mr. Zucker dives into the topic of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is a key component of project communication and a critical skill for project managers.

The ability to effectively handle and understand people was cited as an important characteristic for successful project managers. Individuals and teams with high EI are both more productive and more likely to be successful. Emotional intelligence is our ability to understand ourselves and others. People with high emotional intelligence harness this understanding to constructively guide their behaviors and actions. Emotional intelligence is a skill that can be learned. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to measure their own emotional intelligence using an assessment developed for the Harvard Business Review. We will review the factors of EI and understand how they affect our projects and teams. Participants will be presented with an action plan and tangible next steps for developing their emotional intelligence skills.

About the Speaker.  Alan Zucker has over 25-years of experience working in Fortune 100 companies leading projects and large organizations. He led an Agile transformation that delivered significant, measurable benefits to the enterprise. In 2016, he founded Project Management Essentials and provides training and advisory services to his clients. His areas of expertise are project management, Agile transformation, and leadership. He is a keynote speaker and provides customized training to his clients. He is also an adjunct college instructor. Alan received his undergraduate degree from The George Washington University and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland. He holds a master’s certificate in IT project management from The George Washington University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP®) by the Project Management Institute (PMI). He also holds Agile certifications as a Scrum Master (CSM®) and Scale Agilest (SAFe 4.0 SA®).

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There will be giveaways during the event. George Washington University Project Management t-shirt will be given to 5 lucky winners who will be selected from the webinar attendees! **************************************************************************
This webinar is made possible by the George Washington University Project Management Association (GWPMA), student organization with members from the GW Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) program. This webinar is a pilot project of the GWPMA under past president Angela Knight and adopted by current president, Douglas Robertson, designed to find better ways to engage distance learners in the MSPM program and meet the needs of working professionals who want to enhance their ability to integrate complex projects, motivate people, and achieve the best results for their projects. This webinar is free and open to the public.

MSPM in the KNOW: March 27, 2018

Top 3 for 27 March 2018  

1- Commencement Tickets. Graduating students may pick up tickets for University Commencement and GWSB Doctoral and Masters celebration beginning 2 through 27 April 2018. Pick up hours are from 9AM to 6PM, location is in GWSB Office of Events Duques Room 355. Completion of graduation survey is required prior to picking up your tickets. Please bring photo ID and proof of survey completion when retrieving your tickets.  More information regarding ticket distribution is found on this link: https://business.gwu.edu/gwsb-commencement/ticket-distribution

2- Upcoming Events:

PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon: Going with Agile or Growing with Agile? Energile’s Agile Ingredients to Build High Performing Teams and Organizations featuring Mahendiran Periyasamy

Thursday, March 29, 2018 | 11:30am networking, 12 – 1:00pm presentation

Duques Hall, School of Business
2201 G Street NW
Room: 453 Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

Register Here

Agile Transformation has been the proven game-changer towards the positive transformation in building high performing Agile culture embedded teams and the high performing organizations. Agile and live coaching can lead to better methods of continuous improvements in the journey of building and scaling up the teams’ high performance. This will help the organizations to enable high product development speed while maintaining a highly available service.

Study Abroad Project Management Applications: PyeongChang Olympics Project Planning Observations featuring Melody Peppard (MBA-MSPM student)

Friday 6 April 2018 | Duques Hall Room 258 2201 G Street NW Washington DC 20052 | 4:30-5:30 PM 

This event will provide an overview of the Olympic Games planning cycle with experiences learned from attending 2018 PyeongChang winter games. Project management concepts and challenges will be discussed for each stage of the planning phases from a Host City of the Olympic Games perspective and an International Olympic Committee perspective. MSPM students are highly encouraged to attend this presentation. RSVP is required via email invitation sent on 26 March. Contact Agnes Socrates, aesocrates@gwu.edu if you have not received your invite.

3- BNY Mellon is Seeking a Sr. Representative in Mutual Fund/Client Accounting!  The person in this role will serve as a lead for the day-to-day operations of a small- to medium-sized fund accounting support team, providing work direction and technical assistance on complex matters. Application link can be found here.

MSPM in the KNOW: March 20, 2018

Top 3 for 20 March 2018: 

1- Thank you to those who sent their entries for free registration to the Spring 2018 PMP Review Course. Awardees have been selected last week and were notified via email. Those who have not been selected, please keep an eye on future announcements.

2- NASA Needs Your Help! MSPM student and NASA’s CERES Deputy Project Manager, Bob Estes, extends an invitation to everyone to record cloud observations to validate CERES project data: no experience necessary! From March 15 through April 15, citizen scientists of all ages can make up to 10 cloud observations per day using the GLOBE Observer app. Researchers use, and value, this citizen science cloud data because it helps to validate data from Earth-observing instruments. Scientists at Langley work with a suite of six instruments known as the Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES).

Citizen science observations are especially helpful now because scientists are starting to verify data from a new CERES instrument. CERES FM6 launched to orbit on 18 Nov. 2017, and began taking measurements on 5 Jan. 2018. There is also a CERES instrument currently flying on Suomi NPP.

3- Networking, internship and job opportunities. Each week the MSPM program is receiving requests to post information about jobs and networking opportunities. Below is summary of opportunities this week:

Smarter Faster Revolution21 March

Students still seeking are invited to attend this event at Howard University to learn how to prepare for summer internships and spring hiring. There will be an optional recruiting session with JP Morgan Chase & Co. and Axios, followed by a conversation on jobs of the future. Register here.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Jobs and Internships Webinar19 April

Designed specifically for students and recent graduates who are interested in beginning a career with FEMA, this virtual event will feature an overview of FEMA’s application and hiring process, highlight exciting entry-level program opportunities, and a panel of FEMA experts will answer live questions from webinar participants. Event is free for participants. To register for the event, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FEMA-Webinar-Registration. As space is limited, you are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Partners of the Americas – Hiring Now for their DC Office! Partners of the Americas is recruiting for the Finance & Accounting Traineeship Program. This traineeship is paid and the compensation rate will be determined based on prior experience and education. Application link can be found here.

American Political Science Association (APSA) is seeking a Temporary Accountant. The position will support key accounting projects and various other accounting-related assignments. This is ideal for students pursuing a master’s degree or post graduate in Finance and Accounting. This can potentially to lead to a visa sponsorship. Application link can be found here.

Quinn Fellows Internship Fund. The Quinn Fellows Fund provides financial support for graduate and undergraduate students pursuing international business internships – overseas or within the U.S., in the public or private sector, and in any type of organization. Each individual award will be up to $5,000. The funding can be used to supplement an unpaid and/or under-funded internship, and also travel and living costs associated with overseas internships. The Quinn Fellows program is funded by a generous donation from Mr. Michael Quinn (an alumnus of the Elliott School of International Affairs and a member of the Boards of Advisors of both the Elliott School and the GW School of Business), and administered by GW-CIBER. The application deadline is 22 April 2018. For eligibility, requirements, and application instructions, please visit the Quinn Fellows Webpage.

MSPM in the KNOW: February 27, 2018

Top 3 for 27 February 2018

1- Student Holds. Summer registration begins on 1 March. Students should review any hold on their accounts that might prevent them from registering for summer semester. To view your holds, log in to GWeb, click “Student Record and Registration” then “Student Records Information Menu.” Finally, click on “View Administrative Holds.” Contact office that placed hold on your account to remove the hold.

2- Commencement Schedule. The 2018 commencement schedule is now available on the blog. The 2018 GWSB Masters and Doctoral Celebration is scheduled on Friday, 18 May. The University commencement at the National Mall is scheduled on Sunday, 20 May. Graduating students should check out the GWSB schedule and University commencement website to learn more about GWSB-specific and university-wide activities during the commencement week.

3- Fellowships and job opportunities.

Partners of the Americas – Hiring Now for their DC Office!

Cantwell Consulting LLC – Immediate Need for a Part Time Researcher! Application Deadline: 3/1

  • A GW Alumnus is seeking to hire a part-time researcher immediately to help with the beginning phase of his consulting firm. Ideal for students who’ve completed courses in Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Application link can be found here.

Starr & Associates is Seeking Associate Consultants

  • Starr and Associates, LLC is seeking a results-oriented individual to join its team as an Associate Consultant driving efficiency and leading change. The position requires an MBA with a concentration in technology, business process design, decision analysis or management. Application link can be found here.

Challenge Detroit Fellowship – Now Accepting Applications!

  • Challenge Detroit is a leadership and professional development program that invites approximately 30 of tomorrow’s leaders to do social impact work in and around the greater Detroit area for one year. During the course of the year, Fellows contribute intellectually and through hands-on service making incremental impact in the community. More details can be found here.

Third Plateau – Social Impact FellowshipApplication Deadline: 3/2

  • Third Plateau, a social impact strategy firm, is recruiting Fellows for their Social Impact Internship Program. Fellows will serve as an integral part of their team, working closely with their leadership, staff, clients, and one another on a wide variety of internal and external projects. Application link can be found here.

MSPM in the KNOW: February 13, 2018

Top 3 for 13 February 2018

1- Summer 2018 Registration opens 1 March. Registration for the 2018 Summer Sessions will open on Thursday, 1 March. Continuing students may register for classes on GWeb. Summer is the perfect time to fulfill your electives. View list of course offerings via the registrar’s website. Questions about registration? Schedule an appointment with Agnes Socrates via www.meetme.so/gwmspm and include your GWid.

2-  Welcome 2018 GWPMA Board. We welcome the new GWPMA Board for 2018 who will lead the MSPM student body and organize events such as luncheons, volunteer fairs and university talks through Spring 2019. Congratulations to the new members, namely:

  • President: Douglas Robertson
  • Vice President, Strategic Relations: Ishai Trani

We thank the 2017 Board Members: Angela Knight (President), Phebean Williams (VP Strategic Relations) and Vugar Mammadov (Distance Student Representative, International) for their leadership and service during the last term. Read more.

3-  MSPM Student Bob Estes shares first CERES light images. Robert (Bob) Estes, MSPM student and NASA’s Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) Deputy Project Manager, Flight Projects Directorate proudly announced that the CERES is working! Bob shared images of the first light observed by the CERES FM6 instrument on orbit. The CERES instrument was one of the five that launched 18 November 2017 aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1). After reaching the polar orbit, the satellite became NOAA-20. Both CERES and JPSS-1 are perfect examples of applicability of project management discipline in scientific discoveries. Read more.

MSPM is very fortunate to hear success stories such as this one from our student body. If you have anything similar to share, please email aesocrates@gwu.edu.